When I moved from the big city to Holmes County, Ohio, one of the first people I met was an Amish friend by the name of Raymond. He welcomed us with open arms to the community and I discovered that he was almost 80 years old. He is a "walking-talking-encyclopedia"of Holmes County and the Amish. I learned so many things from Raymond. Just as our parents and grandparents see us living a different way than they were raised, the Amish are in the same situation. I learned that Raymond did not care for progress in the Amish community just like our grandparents. One situation that could have been embarrassing has come to be one that I now laugh about . . .
I was not offended by Raymond's actions because I understood how true he was to his Amish beliefs and his faith. This reminded me so much of how our generation is different from our elders. Today we remain friends and I will always cherish the wonderful stories and education that I have received from Raymond.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com